By default, Microsoft Edge uses Bing as the default search engine, but if you prefer something else, like Google or DuckDuckGo, you can change it easily in the Settings menu. Here’s how to do it whether you’re using Edge on Windows 10, Windows 11, or Mac.
Change Default Search Engine in Microsoft Edge
First, open an Edge browser window. To use Google or another default search engine in Microsoft’s modern Edge browser, click the menu button (three dots) located in the upper right corner, then select “Settings”.
In the Settings tab, click on “Privacy, search and services” in the sidebar. (If you don’t see the sidebar, expand your browser window or click the three-line hamburger button in the upper left corner.)
Scroll down the right pane and find the “Services” section. Click on “Address bar and search”.
From there, locate the “Search engine used in the address bar” section and choose “Google” or the search engine you prefer. Besides Bing and Google, Microsoft Edge also includes Yahoo! and DuckDuckGo by default.
You are now done. The next time you search from the address bar or by right-clicking text on a web page and selecting the “Search the web” option, Edge will use the search engine you have chosen.
If you are satisfied with your choice, you can close the settings. Otherwise, to manage the list of search engines that appear in the default list, click on the “Manage search engines” option. You will see a list of search engines. You can remove them from the list or click on the “Add” button and add your own search engine by entering a URL.
Edge will also automatically find search engines when you use them. For example, if you prefer a different search engine, Edge says you should “open a new tab, go to the search engine you want to add, and search for something.” It will appear as an option in the list after you use it, assuming the search engine is properly configured to offer this.
Even after changing your default search engine, the search box on Edge’s New Tab page will still be a Bing search box. You can use the address bar to search with Google or another search engine from Edge’s New Tab page.
Change the Default Search Engine in Microsoft Edge Classic
If you’re using the legacy version of Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 (which Microsoft now considers obsolete), the instructions on how to change your default browser are different from the steps listed above. Here’s how.
Microsoft Edge no longer uses search engines that you must install from the Microsoft website. Instead, when you visit a webpage that uses the “OpenSearch” standard to expose its search engine information, Edge notices it and logs the search engine information.
It’s the same way Google Chrome works: visit a webpage with OpenSearch and Chrome will automatically detect it.
All you have to do is visit the search engine’s website to add that search engine to Edge. If you want to install Google, visit Google’s home page. For DuckDuckGo, visit DuckDuckGo homepage. Once you’ve done that, you can make it the default by following the instructions below.
Not all search engines support OpenSearch yet, but we expect search engines to support it very soon.
Step Two: Change Your Default Search Engine
To change the search engine, click on the menu button, i.e. the button with three dots in the upper right corner of the Microsoft Edge window. Select “Settings” from the menu.
On the left side of the “Settings” panel, click on the “Advanced” option at the bottom of the list.
Scroll down in the advanced settings panel and you will see the “Search in address bar” setting. Click on the “Change search engine” button.
You will see a list of available search providers. Select the search engine you want to use and click or tap “Set as default”.
If the search engine you want to use does not appear here, make sure you have visited the search engine’s homepage first. If you have visited the homepage and it still does not appear, this search engine does not yet support OpenSearch. You can contact the search engine and ask them to support OpenSearch so that you can use it as the default search engine in Microsoft Edge.
You can now type a search query in Edge’s address bar and press enter. It will automatically search for your default search engine. Edge will even provide suggestions in the drop-down list, assuming your search engine supports suggestions and you leave them enabled in Edge’s settings.
This change also affects the “Where to next?” box on the new tab page, giving you a way to easily search for your favorite search engine.
To perform a quick search with keyboard shortcuts, press Ctrl+t to open a new tab page or Ctrl+L to focus the address bar on the current page and start typing your search.
Unsurprisingly, this option doesn’t affect anything outside of Microsoft Edge. When you search from the Start menu or through Cortana and select “Search the web”, Windows will search the web with Bing. Cortana is, after all, “powered by Bing.” The above option only applies to searches that you start from Microsoft Edge.
As usual, this only changes the settings of one browser. If you’re using Internet Explorer for legacy applications, you’ll need to change its old-fashioned search engine. Chrome, Firefox and other browsers have their own default search options.